Creating a Brand

Alex Sanfilippo

Creating a Brand is a top 20 entrepreneurship podcast that releases weekly masterclass interviews. Join Alex Sanfilippo as he shares actionable content from successful leaders and subject matter experts on topics that help entrepreneurs make their first or next step in business the right one. If you want to grow faster both personally and professionally while saving time and money in the process, the Creating a Brand Podcast is for you. Prepare to accelerate your success!

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Do you consider yourself to be a self-disciplined person regarding your work schedule? Are you the first person up in the morning to begin your workday, or are you the last one to roll out of bed? Have you determined ideal times of day to perform specific tasks and parts of your job? Today I am joined by Daniel Pink. Throughout this episode, Daniel will provide the answer to these questions and more – all-around designing your ideal day so that you can maximize your motivation, productivity, and effectiveness. Daniel is the best-selling author of many books, including two that we’ll be talking about today, titled Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, and When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. This is truly an insightful conversation! Here is my conversation with Daniel Pink!MORE:

Nov 30

34 min 40 sec

Are you devoted to maintaining and improving your physical health through nutrition and exercise? If you’re like many entrepreneurs, we’ve allowed our physical health to take a backseat. And although from a time-management standpoint, it makes sense to focus more on our businesses and less on our health, what’s actually happening is we’re hindering our ability to perform at an optimal level. In today’s episode, I am bringing on MaryRuth Ghiyam to talk about four small health habits that will make your life better, and as a result, cause you to perform better in business. MaryRuth is the founder of MaryRuth Organics, a massive organization that creates healthy supplements for the whole family. She is also the bestselling author of the book, Liquids Till Lunch, which we will discuss today. Here is my conversation with MaryRuth Ghiyam!MORE:

Nov 23

38 min 23 sec

Do you feel in control of your habits, or do your habits seem to control you? Most of us would agree that we feel we’re on autopilot following our habits most of the time, which makes sense, but if you are an entrepreneur who wants to change parts of your life for the better, there is a way that you can intentionally change your habits. In today’s episode, I am joined by Charles Duhigg. He is the best-selling author of the book titled The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. In this episode, Charles explains precisely how you can begin to reprogram your mind to adopt better habits, and as a result, change your life for the better. Here is my conversation with Charles Duhigg!MORE:

Nov 16

27 min 37 sec

If I were to ask you what your business's (or personal) core values are, would you be able to resight them to me? As it turns out, only half of the founders are able to resight their own business’s core values. Today’s guest is Darius Mirshahzadeh. He is the author of The Core Value Equation, which explains how to build a core-value-driven business positioned for limitless scale. Darius is ranked #9 on Glassdoor’s list of top CEOs, and one of his businesses has been named the “#3 best place to work.” Additionally, one of his companies has landed at #40 on the Inc 500 list of fastest-growing companies. Darius says all of this success is a result of properly setting up core values for his organizations. Here is my conversation with Darius Mirshahzadeh!MORE:

Nov 9

32 min 4 sec

Listen to this Success Story episode where Claudia Garbutt talks about how almost dying helped her to realize the big gap between outer success and achievement on the one side and inner peace, happiness & fulfillment on the other side, that so many overachievers fall into. MORE:

Nov 4

4 min 56 sec

Do you consider yourself to be an entrepreneur with killer instinct and mental toughness? Most of us would not describe ourselves this way but today’s guest says that these two elements, accompanied with a compelling ‘why,’ is what it takes to develop an intentional mindset and succeed in life and business. In this episode, I am talking with Dave Anderson. Dave is the CEO of LearnToLead and the author of 15 books! Today we’ll be talking through Dave’s book titled Intentional Mindset. In this episode, Dave explains how we can begin to improve ourselves and drive results both in life and business. Here is my conversation with Dave Anderson!MORE:

Nov 2

35 min 48 sec

In this Success Story episode, Jamie Silva explains from a personal experience why and how putting yourself into positions where you have no choice can end up being exactly what you need to succeed and bring yourself into the next positive season of your life and work.MORE:

Oct 28

3 min 47 sec

When you think about excelling in life and business, does your mind automatically drift toward needing to do more work? For most people, they think to get more out of life and business, it requires more from you – But the opposite is, in fact, true. You get more out of life and business by doing less, not more. In today’s episode, I am bringing you another solo episode of the podcast to discuss how to excel both in your personal and professional life without doing more work. Instead, I share how a simple practice can cause you to not only have less on your plate but get more results and fulfillment out of every day of your life. Let’s get into talking about how to make room in your life and business for more results and enjoyment! MORE:

Oct 26

22 min 52 sec

In this episode, we learn how to use humor from a legendary leader - none other than Abraham Lincoln. Why is that so important for today's leaders? A Robert Half International survey found that 91% of executives believe a sense of humor is important for career advancement, while 84% feel that people with a good sense of humor do a better job. Another study by Bell Leadership Institute found that the two most desirable traits in leaders were a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor. Want to attract more customers? Want to retain the best talent? Want to win over investors? Make them laugh!MORE:

Oct 21

5 min 20 sec

When you think about your current and prior work performance, would you consider yourself to be a key player in the organization? If you’re working for yourself in a startup and you’re the only player, ask yourself the question this way, would you hire someone with your same work ethic? In today’s episode, I am bringing on Liz Wiseman. Liz is the CEO of the Wiseman Group and the best-selling author of multiple books, including the book we’ll talk about in this episode titled Impact Players. She was formally an Executive at Oracle Corporation and the Vice President at Oracle University. She’s easily one of the most accomplished business professionals I’ve ever talked to. In our conversation, Liz explains how each of us can become an Impact Player, which will help us to stand out in our line of work, and it will also benefit the organization that we’re part of, even if it’s our own. Here is my conversation with the extremely accomplished, Liz Wiseman!MORE:

Oct 19

36 min 37 sec

At 22 years old, Brandon Hakim learned the most important lesson of his life. He needed to fire someone and didn't know-how. He read a book, used what it said, and got the person to quit and thank him for the opportunity. Here's what he learned from the experience (and you can too!)MORE:

Oct 14

3 min 29 sec

If I were to ask you about how you spend and steward your day, would you say that you’re making the most of every minute of it? Most of us would admit to not spending every minute of our day the way we should. I’ve often been guilty of spending many hours of my day in wrong mindsets and being wasteful with the time I have, and I know I’m not alone. Today I am bringing on my pastor, Tim Timberlake. Tim is the lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida, and is the author of the book title, The Power of 1440: Making the Most of Every Minute in a Day. In this episode, Tim explains how we can begin changing our perspective of the value of every minute and how we can live more in the present, which is something all entrepreneurs need to hear. Here is my profound conversation with Pastor Tim Timberlake!MORE:

Oct 12

27 min 2 sec

In this episode, Pete Mohr, owner of Simplifying Entrepreneurship and creator of the Simplifying Entrepreneurship podcast, outlines what it means to have a turnkey business. Running a business shouldn't be a mystery, and Pete outlines his story of what it was like to be overworked and overwhelmed before putting in the frameworks that enabled him to work more on his business than in it. He shares a simple tool called "The Pain and the Gain" that you'll be able to use to understand better what it will mean for you if you put the systems in place that will allow you to work more on your business instead of in it.MORE:

Oct 7

5 min 14 sec

Is the product or service that you offer habit-forming? When people use what your company offers, do they get hooked and continuously come back for more? If this isn’t something you’ve thought about, you may be missing out on a huge opportunity to earn more business. To cover the topic of building habit-forming products, I am bringing back a previous guest, Nir Eyal. Nir is the author of multiple bestselling books, including Indistractable (which we talked about back on episode 52 and is one of my all-time favorite books). Today we will be talking about today, titled ‘Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In this episode, Nir walks us through the framework for creating products that form habits among their users. Here is my fascinating conversation with my friend, Nir Eyal!MORE:

Oct 5

45 min 57 sec

 In 2015, Kyle Gillette experienced a terrible motorcycle crash that helped him to realize that he had a deeper and bigger purpose in his life. From this experience and his time leading the "unleadable" in a men's mentoring program, Kyle discovered a passion for helping people with their mindsets and habits. Fast forward to 2018, and Kyle created the SAGE Mindset Framework that has helped 100s of leaders have more confidence, clarity and add new clients.MORE:

Sep 30

4 min 48 sec

When you have an idea for a business, product, or service, do you ask good questions for your potential customers? Most of us ask the wrong questions completely. Today’s guest is Rob Fitzpatrick; he is the founder of Write Useful Books, an online community and software that helps aspiring authors get their books done. He is also the author of the book titled, The Mom Test. In this episode, Rob teaches us how to ask questions so good, that your mom couldn’t even lie to you by giving you answers to make you feel supported. (Which is the job of a mom, of course!) The point is to ask questions that help you further develop your business, product, or service – and Rob explains that there is a specific way to do this. Here is my conversation with Rob Fitzpatrick!MORE:

Sep 28

34 min 27 sec

 From over 5 years in prison to becoming a successful entrepreneur and podcast powerhouse, Zach Babcock shares the decision and level of commitment it took to finally break through in business.MORE:

Sep 23

5 min 7 sec

 How do you describe your marketing strategy? Most of us, myself included, often just follow the standards set by the industry we’re in. But today’s guest tells us how and why we need to be different with our marketing if we want to stand out. I’m bringing a prior guest back on the show; his name is Mike Michalowicz! Mike is the bestselling author of many books including, Profit First and Fix This Next, which we talked about last time he was on the show. Today we’re talking through points from Mikes's book titled Get Different. Which will help each of us become better at marketing our products or services. Even if you don’t consider yourself a marketer, you’ll be able to pull a lot of value from this conversation! MORE:

Sep 21

29 min 10 sec

Dr. Janice Presser, a tech inventor, and occasionally reluctant entrepreneur reveals her failure and how you can avoid it. People do best what they like best, and you're not changing that.

Sep 16

4 min 50 sec

Within your personal or professional life, would you say that you’re shaping the future as a leader? In today’s conversation, I am joined by Geoff Tuff and Steven Goldbach; they are the coauthors of the book titled Provoke, which talks about how leaders shape the future by overcoming fatal human flaws and organizational tendencies. In the everchanging world we’re living in, discovering how to overcome the natural biases that hold us back is paramount for shaping a better future. This is an extremely insightful conversation full of points that each of us can learn from! Here is my conversation with Geoff and Steven!MORE:

Sep 14

34 min 42 sec

 Want to learn a few key elements of what makes a brand, a brand? Kimberly dived into business without learning the importance of branding and struggled to get it right. Through trial and error, she uncovered the ingredients to successfully leveling up a brand. In this episode, Kimberly will share her ah-ha moments in hopes that whoever listens will avoid making the same mistakes.

Sep 9

4 min 19 sec

If I asked you to come up with 100 problem-solving ideas every day, could you do it? In today’s episode, I am talking with Samuel Sanders. Samuel is the founder of Heard, a software that transforms the way governments and citizens interact. He is also the author of the book titled 'Your Next Big Idea' Samuel shares an extremely practical approach to problem-solving and coming up with creative ideas. I learned so much from this, and I’m really excited to share it with you today. Get ready to improve your creativity and problem-solving abilities; here is my conversation with Samuel Sanders!MORE:

Sep 7

32 min 3 sec

Even if you do not think you are ready, just say yes and figure it out as you go. Surround yourself with amazing people who hold you to a higher standard and you will amazed at what you can accomplish!

Sep 2

5 min 5 sec

When people ask you how you’re doing, do you normally respond by saying, “I’m just so busy!” Almost everyone we know uses the word “busy” as their default response. Today I am excited to be bringing you another solo episode of the podcast to talk about how to stop being so busy. This is a topic that I am very passionate about because I am noticing the many of the people I love in the entrepreneurship world and in my personal life, allowing time to pass them by while they’re busy being busy instead of truly living a life they love and enjoy. Today I’m going to share how I began living a proactive life instead of one that is reactive and how you can do the same. Let’s get into talking about how to stop being so busy so we can enjoy our lives more!MORE:

Aug 31

19 min 49 sec

 Your present performance is not your potential! Too often we think that our present performance is all that we can achieve or that it somehow determines what we are capable of. It does not. It's just a snapshot in time.

Aug 26

3 min 26 sec

We live in a world that is changing faster and faster, and this rapid rate of change will not slow down. In fact, we continue to see the rate of change accelerating. The question is, how can we thrive in a world of constant change? Today’s guest has a solution for us. Her name is April Rinne. Forbes has called April one of the world’s top 50 leading female futurists, and she is also the author of the book titled Flux, 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change. Today, April will share 4 superpowers with us that will enable us to thrive in this rapidly changing world both personally and professionally.MORE:

Aug 24

44 min 2 sec

Listen in as a friend of the podcast, Tom Hannon shares his journey in learning to overcome his fears and stepping into his full potential. Tom explains in this short episode how you can do the same!MORE:

Aug 19

5 min 12 sec

How often are you consumed by negative thoughts when you consider taking a risk or making a big change surrounded by uncertainty? This is something that most of us struggle with, but we can all agree that it’s not the healthiest mindset. In today’s episode, I am talking with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy about choosing a mindset of possibility. Sukhinder has maintained this possibility mindset throughout her career and life, and it has served her well. She worked as a high-level executive for Amazon and Google and most recently served as the president of StubHub. Today we’re talking through points from her book titled Choose Possibility, which will help us better understand how to maintain this possibility mindset while taking risks and making big changes.MORE:

Aug 17

33 min 32 sec

More about Phil Fraser: Creating a Brand episodes: to be featured as a guest?

Aug 12

3 min 46 sec

 Do the words “Genius Zone” describe where you believe you spend most of your time, some of your time, or almost none of your time? According to today’s guest, Dr. Gay Hendricks, most of us are stuck in what he calls our zone of excellence, and if we’re not careful, we can spend our entire lives in this zone, which will cause us to lack joy and fulfillment. Thankfully, we have Dr. Gay back on the podcast today to explain how we can begin to step into our genius zone and, as a result, have more fulfillment in our life and work. Get ready to step into your genius zone! MORE:

Aug 10

35 min 43 sec

Listen in as a friend of the podcast, Michelle Hougland shares her journey of realizing how important it is to be intentional with your time and choosing the life you want along the way. MORE:

Aug 5

3 min 59 sec

If you were to stop what you’re doing right now to reflect on the last week, month, or even year of your life, do you feel like it has just passed you by? I regularly hear people say, “I cannot believe it’s already this late in the year, time is flying by!” I’ve always been bothered by this because it makes me wonder, are we enjoying our lives or just letting the time fly by while we’re busy being busy? In this episode, I am talking with Scott O’Neil. Scott is the CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, a global sports company that includes some of the most iconic teams in the world, including the NBA's, Philadelphia 76ers, and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. Today, Scott provides us with a fresh perspective about work and life and how to make both more meaningful by doing what he calls, being where your feet are!MORE:

Aug 3

36 min 42 sec

More about Catherine Cantey: Creating a Brand episodes: to be featured as a guest?

Jul 29

3 min 1 sec

Statistics show that humans are becoming lonelier than ever before. In a recent poll, it was determined that we only spend 4% of our time with our friends and entrepreneurs certainly do not help improve this statistic! Although Creating a Brand is an entrepreneurship podcast, we cannot ignore this topic because it has been proven that friendship directly affects our level of creativity and results in business. In this episode, I am bringing on my friend, Smiley Poswolsky. He is an author and speaker focused on helping people develop their friendships. Today, Smiley shares some ways we can begin to prioritize our friendships in a more meaningful way. If implemented, we’ll begin feeling less lonely and begin living more fulfilled lives!MORE:

Jul 27

34 min 11 sec

Listen as a friend of the Creating a Brand Podcast; Robert White explains the importance of figuring out your mission and values for yourself and for your business. MORE:

Jul 22

4 min 6 sec

When we’re communicating with others digitally, whether that be video, audio, or text, it is important for us, both as senders, and recipients to correctly interpret the personality of the person that we’re communicating with. Unfortunately, research shows that this isn’t the case. In fact, with emails, 50% of the time, the “tone” is misinterpreted by the recipient. To help us build digital connection and trust with the people we communicate with online, I bring on an expert in the space. Her name is Erica Dhawan. Erica is an award-winning keynote speaker and is the author of the book titled Digital Body Language. Today Erica will help us learn how to express our digital body language so we can begin building greater connections and trust with those we communicate with online.MORE:

Jul 20

31 min 38 sec

Listen as a friend of the podcast; Suzanne Tulien shares her expertise on clarifying and uncovering the meaning and promise behind a logo to catapult their client attraction.MORE:

Jul 15

5 min 18 sec

Have you prioritized time for building your personal brand alongside your business on social media? Most of us either spend too much time on this, without seeing results or others, like myself, don’t devote enough time at all. In today’s episode, I am talking with a brand-building expert, Jasmine Star. Jasmine is the CEO of a service called Social Curator which helps business owners get more followers, engagement, and sales on social media. She created this company from her own experience as a social media and brand-building expert. In this episode, Jasmine was more-so coaching me than anything else, but it’s extremely helpful for us all to better understand how to build out your personal brand on social media in a way that helps you grow your business!MORE:

Jul 13

42 min 42 sec

Listen as a friend of the podcast; Wade Galt shares his journey toward becoming the best entrepreneur, father, and husband that he can.MORE:

Jul 8

5 min 6 sec

There are certain topics in business that many podcasters and coaches prefer to skip because they aren’t sexy, and today’s topic is one of those. That makes this episode sound remarkably interesting to listen to, doesn’t it? Although taxes are viewed as one of the least interesting parts of entrepreneurship if understood correctly there are many tax savings tips that can substantially affect the money that ends up in your pocket. To make this topic more interesting, I am bringing on the most interesting man in tax, Julio Gonzalez. Julio makes regular television appearances on all major news networks, he’s a member of the Forbes financial council, and he even contributed to the creation of the massive tax reform package under the Trump Administration in 2017, which has helped benefit entrepreneurs across the United States!MORE:

Jul 6

29 min 14 sec

More about Rachel Richards: Creating a Brand episodes: to be featured as a guest?

Jul 1

4 min 54 sec

Once you’ve completed your work for the day and have clocked out or turned off your computer, how often do you continue to think about work? If you’re like me, it can be tough to turn off thoughts about work. In today’s episode, I am bringing on a psychologist with a focus on the Science of Emotional Health. His name is Guy Winch. Guy is a 3 times TED presenter, a bestselling author, and the host of a podcast titled, Dear Therapists which is worth checking out because of its unique format. In this episode, Guy explains how we can retrain our minds to turn off work thoughts during our free time. Which he says it's not only important for our overall health, but also for our overall effectiveness within our work!MORE:

Jun 29

29 min 39 sec

More about Dr. Amanda Barrientez: Creating a Brand episodes: to be featured as a guest?

Jun 24

5 min 4 sec

Has the current state of the economy hindered your plans to launch a business or even negatively affected your existing company? Thankfully, there is a way to build a business that will not only survive but also thrive in any economic situation, including this one. Today’s guest is John Meese. John is a serial entrepreneur who has worked alongside Michael Hyatt to build and sell Platform University, just to name one of his many achievements. Today we’re talking through his book, Survive and Thrive, which covers foundational principles for building a business that can stand the test of time, no matter what is happening in the world around it!MORE:

Jun 22

35 min 47 sec

More about Ty Belknap: Creating a Brand episodes: to be featured as a guest?

Jun 17

3 min 36 sec

As the world and marketplace begin to shift primary focus from Millennials to Generation Z, it’s up to us to get ahead of the curve. Because of this, I decided to bring a Gen Z expert onto the podcast to share with us everything we need to know about engaging with Gen Z. Today’s guest is Mark Beal, he is a keynote speaker, research expert, and the author of the book titled Engaging Gen Z. Although this episode will not contain any parental advice, or how to be less annoyed by your younger brother or sister, this will help you better understand the mindsets of Gen Z, from the standpoint of marketing to consumer habits, and even how they engage at school and work!MORE:

Jun 15

36 min 9 sec

Learn more about Beate Chelette: Creating a Brand episodes: to be featured as a guest?

Jun 10

6 min 17 sec

In this first solo episode of the Creating a Brand podcast, I (Alex Sanfilippo) am going to share my journey toward leaving my corporate 9-5 job after 15 years. I've identified 10 key steps along the way to make the process far easier for others who want to explore full-time entrepreneurship for themselves. MORE:

Jun 8

29 min 52 sec

If you’ve been told that it takes 10,000 hours to get ahead in any industry, job, or even entrepreneurial venture, you may have been misled. In today’s episode, I am bringing back James Altucher. If you missed last week’s episode, I encourage you to go back and listen to it. James is an angel investor, author, standup comedian, podcaster, and chess master who tells us in his book titled Skip the Line that we can reach our goals faster if we continuously experiment and develop creative ideas that serve a purpose.MORE:

Jun 1

28 min 54 sec

Have you ever switched job industries? Or decided to create a business in an industry that you’re unfamiliar with? Getting started can be daunting as you know very little about what you’re getting into. Many people will tell you that it is going to take years to understand the ropes of whatever it is that you’re doing. Some even say it will take you 10,000 hours to stand out and become a master at the craft. But today’s guest has a different idea, he calls it Skipping the Line. In this episode, we are joined by James Altucher.  James is an angel investor, author, standup comedian, podcaster, and chess master. James tells us in his book titled Skip the Line that we can reach our goals faster if we experiment and think differently about what it is that we want to accomplish.MORE:

May 25

37 min 30 sec